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Google Makes Maps Embeddable, Adds YouTube to News

Andy is off gallivanting around, leaving me here to do all the dirty work. Stupid conference. So,
time for the daily dose of Google news.

Google Maps Now Embeddable
Google announced today on their Lat Long Blog that Google Maps will now features embeddable HTML for Google Maps, similar to YouTube’s embeddable videos.

To embed your map, create the map in Google Maps: directions, business listings, photos, or whatever else you want to include. Google Lat Long Blog offers a few examples of how this service might be used, including to indicate a business’s location on their website, or to share your geotagged photos.

link to this page code
Once you’ve created the map, click on the “Link to this page” in the upper right corner. As with YouTube, the embed HTML appears so you can cut and paste the code (an iframe) into your blog or website.

Truveo Relaunches to Dominate Video Search

AOL purchased Truveo over a year and a half ago—and now it appears that they’re getting serious about dominating the video searchscape. Today they relaunch in an attempt to become the authoritative video search engine, directing searchers to clips on YouTube and Metacafe embedded on Truveo as well as news videos and copyrighted, licensed video content on official websites.

Timothy Tuttle, CEO and co-founder of Truveo and senior vice president of AOL Video, explains:

There has been an explosion in the amount of professionally produced video that’s available on the Web. While today’s popular video sharing sites offer a wide variety of user-generated video, they rarely give users the opportunity to find professional, mainstream video. The new Truveo.com solves this problem, so whether it’s a dog riding a skateboard or the latest episode of “The Daily Show,” Truveo.com is the one-stop site for finding videos from across the Web.

Family Guy Creator Bringing New TV Shows to Google AdSense

While other networks are busy figuring out how to sue Google for video copyright infringement, or set up a competitor, Media Rights Capital is embracing Google’s syndication potential.

AP is reporting a new deal that will see new shows from the creator of the animated TV show “Family Guy” and Raven-Symone from Disney Channel’s “That’s So Raven” syndicated across Google’s AdSense publisher network.

The programs will appear in a video box that a user would click on to start. The box will be packaged with banner advertising and video ads that will appear either before or after the programming.

Seth MacFarlane, creator of “Family Guy,” will produce short videos featuring new characters, while Raven-Symone will be in a “how-to” show, the company said.

Google Wants Viacom to Serve up Stephen Colbert & Jon Stewart

Stephen ColbertDo you get the feeling that the Google/Viacom $1B law suit is going to be a huge circus? No? Then you might change your mind when you learn that Google has added the names of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to the list of Viacom employees it wants to see on the stand, according to docs filed in the U.S. DIstrict Court, says CNET.

The two companies entered the names of people they each wish to depose in court, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York last week. Google, which acquired YouTube last October, wants to depose at least 30 people in addition to Colbert and Stewart. Among them are Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone and CEO Philippe Dauman.

Google Launches Brainwashing Video Series

Get your tin-foil hats ready, Google has decided the best way to address issues such as privacy and security is to produce video tutorials.

Their first offering explains Google’s basic privacy policy and is designed to make you feel all warm and fuzzy about it.

I swear I saw some subliminal messages in there such as “Google can be trusted, Google is your friend.” ;-)

OK, all joking aside, the videos are very clear and well made and remind me a little of the recent UPS commercials–the ones with the cool guy and a whiteboard.

P.S. Ok, just one more sarcastic quip–will we see Ask.com offer a similar explanation on how to search for “chicks with swords?” ;-)

The Gold Rush to Sue Google Over YouTube Copyright Infringement

Now that Google has announced plans to use better copyright detection technology on YouTube this Fall, it seems there’s a mad rush to file law suits.

It’s almost as if copyright holders realize they only have until the Fall to get their law suit filed and claim damages from Google. After Google launches it’s new detection technology, the copyright infringement claims will have less of a sure footing.

The latest to jump on the law suit bandwagon is a coalition of Japanese media companies.

“YouTube has to stop how it runs its site and get rid of the illegal clips. We want them to reset the service,” composer Hideki Matsutake told a joint press conference in Tokyo Thursday. The coalition met with YouTube and Google executives earlier in the week, the second such meeting this year.

“There is no middle ground,” Matsutake said. “We demand that all copyrighted material be removed immediately.”

Google Copyright Filter Coming to YouTube this Fall

Sometime this Fall, Google will rollout a copyright filtering system for YouTube and try to catch infringements before they’re posted.

At a court hearing related to Viacom’s (and many others) law suit against the video service, YouTube attorney Philip Beck revealed they’re working on a system that would only take a few minutes to determine if a clip is copyrighted material. Unfortunately, Beck was somewhat vague on when Google would have the screening in place. Clarification from Google doesn’t help either:

“We hope to have the testing completed and technology available by sometime in the Fall,” said a Google spokesman in an e-mail. “But this is one of the most technologically complicated tasks that we have ever undertaken, and as always with cutting-edge technologies, it’s difficult to forecast specific launch dates.”